Birthday Parties

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Bring your birthday kid to Wood Lake for a great party!
Wood Lake Nature Center offers a variety of birthday parties that are fun, educational, and the mess stays with us! Wood Lake provides a naturalist-led activity and use of the party room with tables, chairs, and tablecloths. Payment is due when the party is booked and birthday parties start promptly at the scheduled time.  
Time: 2 hours (hour with naturalist, hour in party room)

$120 for up to ten children 
$5 per additional child, 15 children maximum

Green Birthday (optional add-on):
$10 (includes reusable plates, bowls, cups, and silverware, and recycled paper napkins)

Treat Bags (optional add-on):
$3.50/bag (includes WLNC pencil, magnifying bug box, plastic insect, dinosaur eraser, and scratch art turtle)
Items in the bag are subject to change.

To schedule a birthday party, choose one of the party themes listed below and call 612-861-9365.

*We encourage parent engagement during naturalist led hikes, but to keep authenticity and allow equal participation of children, please consider only sending a few adults to accompany the naturalist.    
Critter Hunt (ages 4-5)*
Become nature detectives and go outside to look for clues from hidden animals that live at Wood Lake. Available year-round.
Treasure Hunt (ages 5-9)*
Lead the group in a hunt for hidden treasure. Solve riddles along the trail to receive puzzle-piece clues. Once the puzzle is put together, the treasure can be found! Available year-round.

Scaly Tales (ages 5-12)
Meet a live snake, turtle, and salamander and learn all about these amazing creatures! Then, time permitting, hike outside with a naturalist to look for reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitat. Available year-round.

Creatures from the Marsh (ages 5-12)
With nets and buckets at hand, go out to the floating boardwalk to discover what kind of creatures lurk in the Wood Lake marsh. Available May-September.
Tracks and Trails (ages 5-12)
Make a plaster track to take home, then hike the trails to look for real animal tracks outside. Available year-round.

Big Foot Birthday (ages 7-12)
Explore the winter world in snowshoes, snow-permitting.  Choose a backup theme in case there is not sufficient snow.

Survival (ages 8-12)*
Learn basic survival tips and build an outdoor shelter. Work together and see if your group can survive! Available year-round.

Please note that helium balloons and alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the building. 

Wood Lake recommends:
  • Invite the party guests 5-10 minutes before the party start time so the naturalist can start the program on schedule
  • Book your party about two months in advance- weekends fill up quickly!
  • Smaller birthday parties typically allow the birthday child, as well as the other attendees, to receive more personal attention. Groups of about 10 children typically work best.
  • Come back for more! We offer many party themes and can adapt them to older age groups (including adults!) if requested.
Have a green birthday!
A green birthday is an environmentally-friendly party. Reducing waste is key to having a green birthday.

Why should I have a green birthday?
1) It reduces unnecessary waste
2) It saves money
3) It prevents landfills from filling
4) It's better for the environment

How can I have a green birthday?

Choose to produce as little waste as possible. Wood Lake offers a green party option:
For $10, you can use Wood Lake's reusable plastic cups, plates, and bowls; silverware; and recycled paper napkins. Or bring your own! 

Make your party even greener by following these suggestions.


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